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Markham Challenges in the Battle of the Buildings Competition

Battle of the Buildings Competition

From January 1 to June 31, 2017, the City is challenging its community centres and administration buildings to partake in Markham’s Battle of the Buildings competition – an annual competition that challenges participants to reduce electricity consumption. Each participating facility is challenged to reduce their cumulative electricity consumption by at least 15% and to keep these savings going year-round.  Markham's Battle of the Buildings competition is modelled off of the EPA's EnergySTAR National Building Competition.

Help your community centre win by:

  • Taking shorter showers in the change room;
  • Turning off lights when leaving a meeting room;
  • Taking the stairs rather than using the elevator;
  • Dressing according to the weather to ensure that you're comfortable with the temperature;
  • Reporting energy leaks such as water leaking from showers;
  • Using natural lighting instead of lightbulbs if possible;
  • Sharing the energy conservation tips and ideas with your family and friends.

Be an energy conservation champion at home! Saving energy keeps your hydro bills lower and positively impacts the environment. Do your part by adopting our tips and tricks in to your day-to-day routine.


2017 Scoreboard

Below is a list of the participating facilities and their percent saved each month.

Facility Name January February March April May June Total
Angus Glen Community Centre -8.4 -10.7          
Centennial Community Centre -15.5 -17.7          
Cornell Community Centre -0.8 -3.2          
Milliken Mills Community Centre -5.7 -5.6          
Thornhill Community Centre -7.4 -5.1          
Civic Centre 0 -5.7          
Pan Am Community Centre   -9.7          
Armadale Community Centre              
Crosby Community Centre              
Markham Village Community Centre              
Clatworthy Community Centre              
Mount Joy Community Centre              
8100 Warden              

Note: facilities with real-time meter data is presented sooner than facilities that only have paper billing.



At the beginning of 2015, students Jeff Broadbent and Sean Bellamy from Durham College’s Energy Management & Sustainable Building Technology program, in collaboration with the Corporate Energy Team, planned and executed a corporate building energy performance competition for the City of Markham. This competition named “The Battle of the Buildings” took place across Markham’s community centres.

The 2016 competition was even bigger and better than 2015! In 2016, the Markham Civic Centre and 8100 Warden joined the competition, data processing was improved with real-time metering, and the competition was extended to 6 months! Our goal is to achieve a 15% (or better) reduction of building electricity usage relative to a 2014 baseline. Facility staff, operators, and participants will then compete to see who can reduce their usage by the greatest percentage using low/no-cost operational changes.

We are hoping to inspire building users to take ownership of their building’s energy performance and promote awareness of energy efficiency. Battle of the Buildings has a strong intent to educate and motivate community centre occupants, change their operational habits, and reduce building energy usage, resulting in significant cost savings. It is hoped that the measures adopted by facility users during the competition will remain and improve long after the competition has concluded.


2016 Winners

Certificate Overall % Reduction Winning Facility


At least 15%

Cornell CC, 8100 Warden


At least 5%

Centennial CC, Angus Glen CC


2015 Winners

Certificate Overall % Reduction Winning Facility


At least 15%

Cornell CC, Markham Villlage CC


At least 10%

Milliken Mills CC


At least 5%

Thornhill CC